Performers’ union SAG-AFTRA has ratified a three-year TV animation contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, in a vote of 87.68 percent in favor and 12.32 percent opposed.
“This is a strong, future-focused agreement with significant gains for our members,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris of the contract, which covers animated programs produced for network television, basic cable and streaming platforms. “It applies scale wages to more productions, lowers budget thresholds for half-hour HBSVOD programs and delivers additional money for the use of interstitial programs in new media.”
The contract, which went into effect July 1 and runs through June 30, 2023, has similarities to SAG-AFTRA’s new TV and theatrical agreement. The union reported that the agreement includes a 26 percent improvement in residuals for high-budget animated programs made for subscription streaming services like Amazon Prime and Hulu. It includes a reduction of the budget threshold that triggers high-budget coverage for half-hour animated programs made for subscription streaming services, from $550,000 to $500,000; and applies scale wages to non-high-budget subscription video-on-demand programs of 11 minutes and longer with a budget of at least $25,000 per minute.
The contract includes wage increases of 2.5 percent in the first year, 3 percent in the second year and 3 percent in the third year. The Guild agreed to a one percent increase in the contribution rate to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan and optional wage diversions in the second and third years that allow the union to shift 0.5 percent from the wage increase to the contribution rate for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan or the SAG-Producers Pension Plan/AFTRA Retirement Fund.
“Building off of our successful TV/theatrical negotiations, the new animation contracts position members to grow residuals from subscription streaming services — the area of greatest growth,” said SAG-AFTRA chief contracts officer Ray Rodriguez.
The previous TV animation contracts were set to expire on June 30, but were extended until July 30.